troubleshooting Question

Setting Up an SMTP server on a Windows Server 2003 Box.

Avatar of FastEddie___
FastEddie___ asked on
Web ServersInternet / Email SoftwareWindows Server 2003
8 Comments3 Solutions1056 ViewsLast Modified:
I have a situation where I'm hosting a website from a data center.
It's a windows environment and it has a Coldfusion MX application server on it.
My Coldfusion site is using an SMTP address that is within our network (not at the data center).
We recently have had alot of problems with our SMTP server within our company and that is affecting my web app because I am no longer able to send out emails.

I am a Coldfusion programmer with limited Windows Networking abilities so please bear with me.

I would like to know if I can use the built in smtp server on Windows 2003 to send out emails from my coldfusion web app? I will need to send out bulk emails. About 4000 or so but I don't want it to adversly impact my weberver.  

Here is my setup. I have 3 Dell rack servers at the data center.

1 Staging server with SQL 2000 and IIS running a coldfusion web app. This is our test environment.
1 Production Database server. Windows SQL Server 2000
1 Production Webserver. IIS and Coldfusion MX 8 Enterprise

The current SMTP connection to an address within our company's corporate network.

I would like to be able to send and recieve emails for my clients using the coldfusion web app.

What would I need to do that? I don't have MS Exchange experience and would like to avoid having to pay for any new software if at all possible. I'm not sure if I have everything I need within Windows Server 2003 or if I need to investigate an open source application.

It's imperative that this be able to handle sending bulk emails while not bogging down the webserver.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

-Eddie


ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Log in to continue reading
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform for $9.99/mo
View membership options
Unlock 3 Answers and 8 Comments.
or
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
See how we're fighting big data
The Value of Experts Exchange in My Daily IT Life

Experts Exchange (EE) has become my company's go-to resource to get answers. I've used EE to make decisions, solve problems and even save customers. OutagesIO has been a challenging project and... Keep reading >>

Mike

Owner of Outages.IO
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Member Since 2016
Join a full scale community that combines the best parts of other tools into one platform.
Unlock 3 Answers and 8 Comments.
View membership options
“All of life is about relationships, and EE has made a virtual community a real community. It lifts everyone's boat.”
William Peck

Member since 2004